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Dogs, Fireworks and Fear

Summer is a great time of year for our dogs. They get to spend more time with their people as we vacation and more time outside with the longer evenings and pleasant weather. They even get to spend time with us as we celebrate different holidays over the summer months.

One holiday many dogs do not like is Canada Day (or the Fourth of July if you hail from the United States). With fireworks being a staple at so many celebrations, dogs can experience high anxiety as the explosions assault their confused senses. Fireworks are loud, so they often represent a threat to our dogs especially because they don’t understand the context. Even children can perceive fireworks as scary and threatening, but once we explain it to them, they usually delight in the display. Dogs don’t understand!

We know the fireworks are coming. How can we help our canine companions understand they are safe?

Know your dog. Until you know how they are going to react to fireworks, don’t expose them to it in an uncontrolled area. Many dogs are not scared of the big booms but don’t find out the hard way. You can work on desensitizing your dog by listening to fireworks sounds at a lower volume while providing positive reinforcement such as treats or attentive play. Over time, your dog may become accustomed to the sounds. Again, every dog is different, and some dogs will always be sensitive, especially when combined with all the other stimuli involved in this kind of party.

Avoid taking them to large celebrations. At first, it can seem like fun for a dog as they get to explore an area with lots of people and exciting new sights and smells. But your dog can become unpredictable and frightened when the fireworks start. Don’t put them in a position where they feel cornered by people and scared of the loud, unpredictable sounds. It can be a recipe for a disastrous encounter.

Provide them with a safe space. If you watch social media during times when fireworks (and thunderstorms) are prevalent, you will notice a sharp increase in lost and found dogs. Dogs escape from yards as they become frightened, and their fight or flight instincts kick in. By keeping them indoors in a space where they are safe and comfortable, it will reduce the volume of the noise. They will feel more protected than being out in the open space of a yard. Also, it will reduce the likelihood of an accident while they are on the run.

Like colicky babies and anxious adults, dogs often find comfort from a tight wrap or a weighted blanket or vest. There are many references on the internet for methods to wrap your dog that provides them with a sense of comfort.

Remember, your dog learns from you. If you or your kids get all excited and worked up from fireworks, this may agitate your pup. They will view fireworks as a cause for concern.

Enjoy summer with your dog – picnics, the beach, camping and hiking. But maybe when it comes to the fireworks, leave your good dog at home. It will make it more fun and safer for everyone!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet and their reaction to fireworks, please give us a call at 250.746.7178.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic